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Turkey: 37 union members sacked for organizing by Georg Fischer

In Partnership with IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

Swiss-based multinational Georg Fischer has vindictively punished Lastik-Is trade union members for organizing workers at its Turkish subsidiary called Georg Fischer Hakan Plastik. The company is a market leading manufacturer of piping, automotive supply-chain, and machinery. Members of Lastik-Is, the Petroleum, Chemical and Rubber Industry Workers' Union of Turkey, member of DISK national center and of IndustriALL Global Union, have had their core labour rights trampled by Georg Fischer. Local management sacked 37 key trade unionists simply for exercising their right to freedom of association. Now workers are called in one by one to meet management. In these meetings members are intimidated into rescinding their Lastik-Is membership. This is in spite of the union receiving official certification from the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Lastik-Is represents over half the workforce required to become the employer's bargaining partner.

Georg Fischer has refused every attempt for dialogue at the international level.

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